2017 Summer Shows

Summer at The Basilica

Two ways to enjoy a treasured landmark

Fleming is back for a 4th Season!


One man's quest to build a cathedral and unite a nation

July 4 -September 2, 2017 
Tuesday - Friday at 12:00 Noon
Saturdays at 11:00am

$12 General
$10 Seniors/Students
(Free for children 12 and under)
Tickets available 30 minutes before show
Cash only please


See the Basilica of St. John the Baptist through the eyes of the man who dreamed it


The Basilica Heritage Foundation presents an unforgettable one man-play and guided tour of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist.  Journey back in time to the late 1840s with Bishop Michael Anthony Fleming, interpreted by award-winning St. John's actor and writer Paul Rowe, as he guides you in and around the construction site of the new cathedral.  


Bishop Fleming is regarded as one of Newfoundland's most important and influential 19th Century figures.   His struggle to complete the Basilica provides insight into the social and cultural conditions of the young Colony during its early and often turbulent history. 


Learn how citizens of all faiths came together, inspired by Fleming's dynamic leadership, to construct  what was in its time the largest cathedral in the New World. 

Escorted Tour of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

And don't miss Weaving the Wind

Ed Kavanagh, Newfoundland artist and musician

Weaving the Wind

A Celtic Harp Concert
with Ed Kavanagh


July 4 -August 17 2017 
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
1:30 - 2:30pm


$12 General
$10 Seniors/Students
Presented in the Basilica Museum (just west of the Basilica on Bonaventure Avenue)
Cash only please

Enjoy Newfoundland, Irish and Scottish music in the finest room in the colony.

classical harp

This summer, the Basilica Heritage Foundation is also pleased to present Weaving the Wind. In this hour-long concert, award-winning artist Ed Kavanagh plays beautiful Newfoundland, Irish and Scottish melodies on one of the world's most ancient and enchanting instruments: the Celtic harp. There will also be songs and even some surprises.

Taking place in the Basilica Museum (just west of the Basilica on Bonaventure Avenue), this concert offers a lovely opportunity to also explore the Basilica Museum & Archives, which houses a collection of antiques and archival material that is recognized as one of the most valuable in the country. 

Concerts are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from July 4 - August 17 at 1:30, just after Fleming. Delve into Newfoundland history and enjoy both!



All welcome. Admission $12 for Fleming, $12 for Weaving the Wind. $10 for seniors, students and children for each show. Cash only please.

For more information, please contact Anne at 709-754-2170 (available Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm),
or email info@basilicaheritagefoundation.ca.


To preview some of the historic art and architecture you'll experience on your next visit to the Basilica, please see here.

Bishop Michael Fleming of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Bishop Michael Fleming is one of the most celebrated Newfoundlanders of the 19th century. The first Roman Catholic Bishop of Newfoundland, he worked tirelessly to improve the lives of the his parishioners and his community. A devout pastor, he travelled the island ministering to the sick and poor, famously wintering in Petty Harbour during a smallpox outbreak in 1836. His most lasting legacy is the Basilica of St. John the Baptist, a landmark in St. John's overlooking the city and providing a beacon to ships in the harbour. Bishop Fleming spent five years securing the land on which to build, and oversaw the massive project with great persistence and collaboration. To learn more about Bishop Fleming, please see here.

Basilica of St. John the Baptist of St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

Long an icon of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Basilica of St John the Baptist is a functioning church and a repository of some of the province's most treasured art and documents.  More than 170 years since its cornerstone was laid, it remains a unique symbol of the strength, faith and determination of a people committed to living on a harsh coast of the North Atlantic. To learn more about its history and cultural significance, please see here.